According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global wood-plastic composites market demonstrates a highly fragmented and a competitive landscape. With the presence of a number of wood-plastic composite manufacturers, the competition within the market will continue to increase in the years to come. The leading companies, such as, Fiberon LLC, Trex Co. Inc., Fineko, a CPG International, and Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, are focusing on expanding their businesses by reaching out to consumers in developing economies. Mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships are likely to surface as the most popular strategies among participants looking to expand their reach across various regions, notes in the study.
As per TMR’s estimations, the global market for wood-plastic composites was US$2.6 bn in 2012. Analysts anticipate the market to expand at a CAGR of 10.80% during the period from 2013 to 2019 and attain a value US$5.3 bn by the end of the forecast period. Polyethylene wood-plastic composites have emerged as the most valued product in this market and the trend is projected to remain so over the next few years, states the research report.
Demand for Wood-plastic Composites to Remain Strong in Building and Construction industry
Wood-plastic composites find a widespread application in a number of industries, including the automotive, electrical, and the building and construction sectors. They are also extensively utilized into trays, shoe soles, toys, and musical instruments across the world, states the research report. The demand for these composites has been higher in the building and construction industry in the last few years. Thanks to the augmenting utilization of these composites in decking boards, window lineals, door components, rails and balusters, and fencing and sliding products, the building and construction industry is likely to remain the key consumer of wood-plastic composites in the years to come.
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The report also analyses the worldwide market for wood-plastic composites geographically, segmenting it into Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and the Rest of the World (RoW). With a share of more than 65%, North America led the global market in 2012. The regional market is anticipated to continue at the top position over the forecast period. Asia pacific, on the other hand, is expected to present the most lucrative growth opportunities to wood-plastic composite manufacturers in the near future, states the study.
Rise in Automotive Industry to Fuel Demand
“The global market for wood-plastic composites is witnessing a high rise in its size and valuation and will be remain doing so over the next few years,” says the author of this study. The significant increase in industrialization and the rising trend of urbanization has fueled building and construction activities across the world, which consequently, is influencing the demand for wood-plastic composites greatly.
Going forward, the rise in the automotive industry will reflect positively on the demand for wood-plastic composites in the near future. However, the advent of several other natural fiber composites as alternatives may limit the market’s growth over the next few years, reports the study.